Camilla Dowse

Camilla attended Berkshire College of Art and Design. For many years Camilla painted almost exclusively to commission both at home and abroad, including a triptych for Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford, and a series of paintings of historic buildings found along the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts.

Using a refined palette of soft colours to create quiet and contemplative urban landscapes, Camilla’s drawings and paintings attempt to look beyond what is familiar. The urban environment is mostly overpopulated and cluttered. It’s a place we pass through but rarely stop to look at. Camilla removes contemporaneous distraction and allows us to see – often for the first time – the beauty of the built environment.

Camilla uses water-based media including acrylic and inks on paper or hand-prepared gesso boards, the porous quality and texture of the gesso resembling the tactile exterior surface of the buildings she paints.

In 2014 Camilla was named Artist of the Year by Artists & Illustrators Magazine. She lives and works in South Oxfordshire, England.